Recent Workshops (2021-2023)
Desmond O'Hagan, October 2023
"My main focus in the workshop is to explore the art of “Interpreting Light”. This approach can be explored in both landscapes and urbanscapes as well as a variety of other subject matter. I have a very hands-on approach to teaching; working individually with each student.
My workshop begins with a digital slideshow of my pastels including two step-by-steps of works in progress. Lecture topics include “infusing light” and conveying energy with your pastel technique. My workshop is also designed to help you reach the next level in your pastel painting.
Workshop demonstration would emphasize composition, developing technique through a more painterly approach, and the importance of light, values, and contrasts." desmondohagan.com
Amanda Houston, April 2023
Beyond the “how-to” steps of creating radiant sky paintings from photographs, Amanda's workshop, "Discovering Your Voice in Skies" explores intuitive creative processes, and what habits holds you back from letting your true voice come out. A balance of left and right brain exercises and undergoing a deep self-discovery helps define your own unique painting style, preparing you to paint with composition authority and creative curiosity. Visit Amanda's website: www.amandahouston.com
Alain Piccard, November 2022
Each day Alain demonstrated a painterly approach to the landscape from start to finish, focusing on a unique subject and approach. Students learned techniques to simplify the subject and progressed to loosely finished landscape paintings. A constructive and encouraging group critique wrapped up the workshop. Visit Alain's website: www.picardstudio.com
Liz Haywood, Sullivan April 2022
Liz started her Inside/Outside workshop with her Good Bones structural system to painting. Direct observation of the Maryland springtime landscape focused on using the camera less. Visit her website at www.lizhaywoodsullivan.com
Tara Will, October 2021
Tara shared bold, colorful and expressive marks with students as she captured the essence of her subject in an indoor/outdoor three day workshop. Visit her website at tarawill.com.
Laura Pollak, June 2021
After Laura gave a demonstration, "Driven to Abstraction" at the summer MPS general meeting, she arranged a one-day workshop just for MPS, "Abstracting the Landscape". Visit her website at laurapollak.com.
Christine Swan, April 2021
Christine held an outstanding 3-Day Portrait workshop for the Maryland Pastel Society via Zoom in April. Visit her website and blog at swannportraits.com.